Last Updated: Friday, 27 November 2015, 12:04 GMT

Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - Malawi

Publisher Child Soldiers International
Publication Date 2001
Cite as Child Soldiers International, Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - Malawi, 2001, available at: [accessed 29 November 2015]
DisclaimerThis is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.


Mainly covers the period June 1998 to April 2001 as well as including some earlier information.

  • Population:
    – total: 10,640,000
    – under-18s: 5,738,000
  • Government armed forces:
    – active: 5,000
    – paramilitary: 1,000
  • Compulsory recruitment age: no conscription
  • Voluntary recruitment age: 18
  • Voting age in government elections: 18
  • Child soldiers: none indicated
  • CRC-OP-CAC: signed on 7 September 2000; supports "straight-18" position
  • Other treaties ratified: CRC; GC/API+II; ILO 182
  • There are no indications of under-18s in government armed forces.


National Recruitment Legislation and Practice

In time of public emergency, the National Service Act provides that every citizen between the ages of 18 and 60 may be called for national service. Recruitment into the armed forces is currently on a voluntary basis and the minimum age is 18.1176


International Standards

Malawi signed the CRC-OP-CAC on 7 September 2000 and supports a "straight-18" position.

1176 Horeman and Stolwijk op. cit.

Search Refworld